|Hepatica- 2-13-2017 Growing From Charred Ground|
I spent another few days in the Smokies at a Volleyball tournament (granddaughters team were 13-year-old gold champions) and was able to sneak out a couple of mornings to the park. The first morning was to Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse near Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area. It was a warm morning and nice walk but no wildflowers. I had heard Hepatica was being found blooming in places which was one reason I was looking.
On Monday morning, I went to one of my favorite trails; the Cove Hardwoods Nature Loop at the Chimney Tops Picnic Area. There, I found the recent wild fires and storms have caused much damage. But, the wildflowers seem to have survived. Many early hepatica were blooming and provided a much needed wildflower fix until spring comes to West Virginia.
And if there's not enough to worry about in the world, there's this!!
I was afraid to turn my back on it
Actually, this was storm damaged and in danger of falling on the trail. I've never seen anything marked like this..